“Follow your bliss,” such a simple piece of advice often doled out to people like me searching for some direction. How can you follow something if you can’t even find it? In a rare reflective moment, I’ve decided to try and seek out those small, seemingly inconsequential things in my life that bring me joy.
Maybe not on the top of the list, but certainly one that is currently making me feel cozy and warm (literally) are my new slippers. It took three attempts, including one online purchase, but I found my feet warming bliss at Target for $16.99. Fake Ugg Bliss.
Sports make me happy. Watching or playing it doesn’t matter. I’ve been a tomboy my entire life. Whether it’s tennis, golf or Wii bowling, bring it on. I’m not very good at many of them, but in my book, competing and trying are what make it fun. Bliss in action.
I’m a certified bibliophile, a lover of books. I have hundreds of them. They captivate me. For small lengths of time, I can be taken to new countries, meet interesting people or learn how to make a souffle. All of this wrapped up in a tiny colorful package. Pure bliss just waiting to be read.
I love my IPod Touch. I feel like I have the world at my fingertips. Calendar, Contacts, Music, Photos and all the free Apps. I don’t even mind having to search for free wifi. I think of it as sort of a game. In case you are looking for hotspots in Eugene Oregon, Subway on 6th, Steelhead Brewery, My Coffee on 11th, Borders and Barnes & Noble all offer free wireless internet. Thank you Apple for a small slice of Bliss-pie.
Free stuff. that statement speaks for itself. Complimentary Bliss.
Family. Gotta be at the top of my list. I hit the lottery jackpot with my children. Funny, smart, beautiful, articulate human beings. The joys they’ve brought me are too numerous to share, but watching them find their own bliss has been brilliant. My brothers, Rick and Bob, are two of the most amusingly smart people I know. I only wish I lived closer to them so I could laugh and learn at the same time. Genetic Bliss.
I could write countless paragraphs about things that bring me joy, but I think it’s time for a speed round. I’m going to type whatever comes into my head that makes me happy. Here goes: Chipper, Gracie, chocolate, Boston cream pie, hot showers, massages, hiking, love letters, pizza with anchovies, hugs and kisses, the OSU Beavers, receiving flowers, watching TV with my kids, friends, more friends, forgiveness, facebook, free long distance telephone calls, the Giant Dipper, Pier 39, traveling, the beach, SunRiver, the sun on my face, good memories, restaurants, a really funny joke, a great glass of wine that comes in a bottle with a cool label, making earrings, writing. Rapid Fire Bliss.
So, there you have it. My “bliss” list. Now I’m suppose to follow it. Somehow, by putting it down in writing, I think I just have. Bliss Found.